IRVING, Texas -- New faces on the Oklahoma soccer field this season are already making an impact--and others are taking notice.
Goalkeeper Kaitlyn Fahrner and midfielder Lizzie Luallin each snagged weekly accolades from the Big 12 Conference for their performance last weekend. Fahrner was named Defensive Player of the week, while Luallin garnered Newcomer of the Week honors. Both players earned the first accolades of their careers for their efforts in OU's 2-0 win over Oklahoma State and 1-1 tie with Utah.
The duo was honored alongside West Virginia junior Kelsie Maloney, who was named offensive player of the week.
Fahrner made her first two career starts for the Sooners last weekend, totaling 200 minutes in goal and making nine saves. The redshirt freshman goalkeeper started the weekend with five saves versus Bedlam rival Oklahoma State, shutting out an OSU offense that fired 14 shots and five corners. She then followed with a strong outing against Utah. After narrowly surrendering an early goal in the ninth minute Fahrner did not allow another, making four total saves. Two stops came in overtime to keep the Utes off the board and preserve a 1-1 tie.
Luallin was also a key component in Oklahoma’s efforts last weekend. The freshman midfielder came off the bench to play 49 minutes versus OSU, recording an assist in the 26th minute to give the Sooners a 1-0 advantage. She followed with her first career start on Sunday, earning her first career goal on a strike from 10 yards out in the 26th minute to tie the match. Luallin was also named a College Soccer 360 Primetime Performer this week.
The Sooners will remain at home this weekend, facing No. 6 Florida on Friday night (7 p.m.) and No. 2 Florida State on Sunday afternoon (1 p.m.) in Norman. Visit OU's schedule page for ticketing and TV broadcast information.